Amazon has announced that Alexa in the US now supports kid skills. Developers can now publish fun and educational skills for children under the age of 13. This was previously not allowed due to the FTC’s strict guidelines under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) but Amazon now allows customers to manage parental consent for Alexa devices. Before using an Alexa skill made for children, an adult must first authorize that the active Alexa profile may use such skills.
To kick things off, there are already several launch partners that have made kid skills available. The SpongeBob Challenge is a memory game from Nickelodeon that has kids work with characters from the show to remember orders at the Krusty Krab. A Sesame Street skill allows kids to interact with Elmo and play Hide & Seek.
Amazon has released their own kid skill called Amazon Storytime. It contains a collection of professionally narrated short stories for kids ages 5 – 12. These short stories go along with Amazon’s Rapids chat stories and will include stories from Audible in the near future.